Search Results for "Israel" : 94

by / on January 13, 2013 at 3:53 pm / in Opinion, World

A Modest Proposal

…There is only one difference: this round of fighting has restructured the terms of engagement between Hamas and Israel, and the nature of the Israeli-Palestinian dynamic as a whole. No longer is Hamas an absolutely illegitimate actor on the international stage or in the Palestinian social sphere. Rather, it is quickly rising as a champion of the Palestinian cause and a natural ally of the many new Islamist forces in the region. Meanwhile, Fatah…

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by / on October 17, 2012 at 2:09 pm / in Middle East, Opinion, World, World

David and Goliath

by Image Taken By Israel Defense Force Benjamin Netanyahu’s rather literal interpretation the concept of a “red line” at the United Nations last month puzzled many, but it should draw as much worry as it draws laughter. It is no secret that Israel and the United States would prefer an Iran without nuclear weapons. Yet, the Obama administration’s disapproval of a unilateral Israeli strike and its lack of interest in initiating its own…

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by / on November 18, 2012 at 11:21 am / in Middle East, Opinion, World

Israel and Gaza: One Size (Doesn’t) Fit All

by from the Israeli Defense Forces Once again, Hamas and Israel are on the brink. As Israel mobilizes its military for a possible ground invasion, Hamas refuses to back down. Air strikes light up the Gazan sky while rockets explode in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Surely, intermittent exchanges of rocket fire and violence have been a mainstay on the Gaza-Israel border for years now, but with the recent escalation of violence, war now appear…

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by / on April 4, 2014 at 5:40 pm / in Issue, Middle East, World

Israel/Palestine Debates

by PROMPT:  What is the academic boycott of Israel and why is it so important? PANELISTS:  Isabel Peñaranda, CC ’14, is studying Anthropology, and uses it to draw connections between the dispossession of poor communities of color in Harlem due to Columbia’s Manhattanville expansion, the people of Palestine by the Israeli state, and peasants by state and paramilitary violence in Colombia, where she is from. She hopes to retur…

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by / on January 19, 2013 at 4:18 pm / in Middle East, Opinion, World

My Humble Reply

…intriguing response to my piece written just a few days prior, “A Modest Proposal.” In my article, I argue that Israel needs to consider engaging Hamas diplomatically in some capacity as an effort to prevent more Israeli-Hamas violence, and to help move the peace process forward. I contend Israel can no longer ignore Hamas on its flank, and that Israel has the opportunity to redefine its engagement with Hamas to “diplomacy,” rather than allow Ha…

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by / on September 13, 2012 at 4:57 pm / in Opinion, World

Truths and Untruths About Obama and Israel

by From Wikimedia Commons “As an Israeli-American who cares deeply about the survival of Israel and the future of the Jewish people, I will be voting for President Obama in November,” wrote Haim Saban, founder of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, in the New York Times on September 4. If we too care about those things, Saban wants us to believe, then we too must vote for the president. Trying to make…

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by / on March 15, 2013 at 8:30 pm / in Opinion, World

Response to “The A-Word”

by An Israeli-Palestinian standoff Students for Justice in Palestine have set up a protest this week on College Walk as part of their annual Israel Apartheid Week. Conversely, Omar Abboud lamented in a CPR column that the word “apartheid” has been universally rejected as a basis for criticizing Israel. While legitimately highlighting how criticism of Israel can be rejected by some circles, Mr. Abboud fails to explore the actual meanin…

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by / on May 4, 2012 at 2:12 am / in Middle East, World

Divided by Definition

…of substantial division in this struggle. The same words have entirely different definitions and connotations to Israelis and Palestinians. To the former, a Zionist is a noble hero – to the latter, a racist oppressor. Disparity regarding the connotation of the term “suicide bomber” is a clear manifestation of each side’s fundamental failure to broaden its perspective. The Israelis regard Palestinian suicide bombers as terrorists, citing instances…

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by / on March 23, 2015 at 8:58 pm / in Current Issue, Middle East, World

Slick Dealings

…for alternatives to solve its shortages. The country has taken an unprecedented step by signing a gas deal with Israel in October 2014. The 15 year deal to buy 1.6 trillion cubic feet of gas for $15 billion from Israel’s offshore Tamar and Leviathan reservoirs by 2017 will reduce Jordan’s annual energy bill by an estimated $1.4 billion a year. The deal, which is being referred to as a “pipeline for peace” in Israel, is controversial given Jordan…

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by / on July 21, 2014 at 10:18 pm / in Middle East, Web Columnists, World

On the Conflict in Gaza

by The Nature of the Conflict:   Without doubt, Israel’s current measures are extreme. A quick glance at the number of casualties suffered on both sides settles the question. According to the most recent article I could find, after almost 12 days of fighting, over 434 Palestinians are dead, compared to 20 Israelis. Granted, quantifying human life with statistics can […]

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